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Mike Christenson leaving Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development post

Mike Christenson is leaving his job as Minneapolis’ director of Community Planning and Economic Development at the end of the year, when his current two-year appointment expires.

Mike Christenson

Mike Christenson

Christenson will be joining the Minnesota Business Partnership to work on education initiatives.

He was appointed to his current position by Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, who’s “a huge Mike fan,” says John Stiles, the mayor’s communication director.

Stiles calls Christenson a visionary who has overseen Minneapolis Promise, a program designed to help students in the city’s schools obtain high-quality summer jobs, get college and career counseling and improve their access to higher education.

Under Christenson’s leadership, Promise placed 14,000 city students into summer jobs.  Of those student 87 percent were young people of color.

”Mike has been our point man on Minneapolis Promise,” said Rybak, who adds, “I hate losing him, but we are still going to be working together as he takes the Promise program from the city to the entire region for the Business Partnership.

“Mike was the right person for the right time,” says Rybak, calling Christenson’s new job  “perfect for him.”

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Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Patrick Seeb on 10/18/2011 - 04:27 pm.

    This is a loss for Minneapolis CPED but a very good addition to the Minnesota Business Partnership. I find this very encouraging. Best of luck to all involved.

  2. Submitted by rick plunkett on 10/18/2011 - 05:21 pm.

    Fantastic! The tousle-haired young spark-plug has done it again!

  3. Submitted by Jay Schrader on 10/19/2011 - 03:09 pm.

    Good luck, Mike. Sounds like a great program will benefit from your efforts.

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